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Five Ways to Get Students to Turn on their Video During Classes

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / September 3, 2020

There they are – the boxes on the video-conference screen, empty but names or images uploaded. We are hearing from many teachers of learners’ reluctance to turn on their screens during online classes. Disheartening and exhausting to face those void boxes and teach your heart out every day, we know. […]

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Community in the Physical and Virtual Classroom

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / August 10, 2020

Trust, shared purpose, interdependence, mutual support, and safety in taking risks are some of the features of an effective community. Your own community might be your neighborhood, your faith group, your colleagues, your extended family. For students, their learning community, the online or brick-and-mortar space in which and the people […]

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Effective Remote Teaching

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / May 27, 2020

What a spring! We have worked alongside so many teachers responding and adjusting and revising our remote teaching in an effort to meet learners’ needs this spring. The first thing I want to say is, “Wow! You are amazing!” In these past few months, you showed the world that you […]

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What Does Mathematical Discourse Sound Like?

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / January 9, 2020

Almost like a great song, top-notch mathematical discourse is something you know when you hear. Yet, to cultivate quality, you and your students need a vision—or an “ausion” (a word I just made up to describe an ideal auditory vision)— of what you’re going after. As described by Jeremy Kilpatrick […]

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Phenomenal Teaching

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / December 2, 2019

We are happy to introduce you to Wendy Ward Hoffer’s fifth book, Phenomenal Teaching, forthcoming from Heinemann in 2020. This book details the PEBC Teaching Framework (formerly known as our Continuum), providing a wide range of examples and ideas to foster phenomenal thinking and learning in classrooms at all levels. […]

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Math: Why doesn’t yours look like mine?

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / October 8, 2019

Dear Parents, I know you have been wondering why our math does not look like your math. When you and I were kids, accurate and quick fact fluency was enough to deliver A’s on our report cards. Math has moved on: now, instead of merely memorizing multiplication tables, students are […]

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Agency = Unstuck

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / October 2, 2019

How to Get Unstuck. This is one of the most important lessons we can teach in school. Because the truth is, we all get stuck, all the time. Life is like that. And when we know how to get unstuck, we can move forward. But if we get stuck and […]

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Empowering Problem Solvers

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / December 20, 2018

Santi had some cookies. His mom baked him 9 more. Now he has 16. How many cookies did Santi have to start? I recently watched some first grade mathematicians share their problem solving around this question. After some independent work time, the group gathered on the rug, and Betsy came […]

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Cry for Meaning: Making Sense of Math

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / November 5, 2018

A literacy teacher shared with me about a recent reading conference with one of her second graders: the little girl sat diligently by her side, accurately pronounced aloud all the sentences across three pages of a Magic Treehouse book and then burst into tears, proclaiming loudly, “I said all the […]

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The Importance of ‘Understanding’ in Mathematics

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / October 27, 2017

Learn More at an Upcoming PEBC Math Institute Advance your math instruction by attending a PEBC institute where you can build on your knowledge and learn new strategies to impact student learning. Register to attend today! Minds on Math Institute March 6-7, 2018, Denver, Colorado In this institute you will […]

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Address the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice within a Math Workshop

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / February 21, 2017

Wendy Ward Hoffer Encourage students to become “unstuck” by utilizing strategies from the Minds on Math Institute on March 7-8th, 2017. Strategies You Can Implement for Deeper Comprehension Middle school math teacher Deb Maruyama is a shining example of teaching students to “Make sense of problems and persevere in solving […]

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Classroom Agreements

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / January 23, 2017

How will we treat each other, ourselves, our equipment, our time as learners? Shared agreements build community. We can intentionally create a classroom culture of mutual respect and collaboration by establishing, modeling, and holding all participants accountable to supportive agreements about how we learn together. You may already have such […]

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Four Steps for Getting Unstuck

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / December 8, 2016

Distinguish Productive Struggle from Despair When we raise the bar and ask learners to rise up with greater effort, we need to remain vigilant to their levels of frustration: productive struggle is one thing, but despair is entirely another. They look different: learners engaged in productive struggle are leaning in, […]

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Teaching Math for Understanding

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / October 24, 2016

  793 X 10 = 7,930 793 x 100 = 79,300 793 x 1000 = 793,000 What do you notice about the above expressions? What is happening to each of the digits of 793? Write the zero rule for multiplication as you understand it? Explain why the zero rule for […]

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Effective Vocabulary Instruction in a Few Minutes Per Day

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / July 6, 2016

Wendy Ward Hoffer Particularly helpful to learners are instructional strategies that take students beyond word-definition memorization to engage them more fully with the concepts behind the terms (Harmon, Hedrick, and Wood 2005). Yet, since there will never be time enough in any subject in school to directly teach students all […]

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